Don’t you dare call yourself a Christian: parenting judgement from the pulpit

parenting judgement from the pulpit

I want to be clear before I begin: I love our church. It’s not perfect but I don’t think such a thing can exist. Churches are run by people and destined to be flawed. But my church teaches directly from the Bible and does its best to support the community and spread the Word. That’s what I look for in … Read More

The 10 Best Valentine’s Day printables (for moms who don’t do Valentine’s Day)

I am not a Valentine’s Day person. Never have been. To be honest, I’m not really a card person and I feel like that’s basically all Valentine’s Day is. When I was younger, we got a boat load of cards from everyone in class. I never knew when it was acceptable to throw them away. I remember in 4th or … Read More

Teaching at home: JDEducational Curriculum, Part 2

Disclosure: I received the JDEducational Level 2, Module 1 for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed below are my own. Last month, Turtle and I got to check out some of the activities included in JDEducational’s Level 1 curriculum. She got to play fun games that just so happened to help her practice her numbers, name, … Read More

Teaching at home: JDEducational Curriculum, Part 1

Disclosure: I received the JDEducational Level 1, Module 1 for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed below are my own. Do you ever feel like you should be doing more? If you’re a stay-at-home mom, work-from-home mom, full-time-working mom or any other hyphenated type of mom, your answer is probably “yes”. I’m a full-time working mom … Read More

A Last Minute Christmas Craft {because I forgot about the party}

Last Minute Christmas Craft

I never thought I would be scared of a classroom of 4 year olds. But around this time last year, I had a moment. Let me paint the picture for you. Last year was Buddy’s first year in preschool. I went to “orientation” where I was told by the teacher “we ask that all parents sign up for helping with one … Read More

Step-by Step: How to throw a killer Pasta Party with your kids

Do you know any kids who like pasta? Maybe a better question is do you know any kids who DON’T like pasta? I’m a big fan of pasta. And I don’t believe anyone can call themselves a lover of noodles without having tried the real thing. I can’t, in good conscience, allow my children to proclaim pasta as their favorite … Read More

The great slime debate: to borax or not to borax?

Has your house been hit by the slime craze yet? If it hasn’t, I see it in your future very soon. Buddy came home from preschool asking to make some slime a few weeks ago. I’m a glutton for punishment, so I happily obliged. I knew enough about slime to know it was easy to make. But I also knew … Read More

An Open Letter: Everyone else isn’t doing it wrong

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This one’s for the mom who goes to dinner and wants to approach every family whose children are watching a screen. Or the one who walks in and out of the grocery store thinking “my kids will never act like that.” And especially to the moms who have ever written an online “open letter to the moms who do X”, this one’s for … Read More

Direct sales: when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em

How many times have you opened Facebook and cringed because of a friend’s post? It could be something embarrassingly stupid, TMI, or overly lovey about a significant other (they’re clearly compensating for something). But the cringiest of all cringe-worthy posts are the sales posts. We all have at least one friend who spends her entire day on Facebook. She’s constantly … Read More

Road Trip Essentials (when you’ve got the kids in tow)

This post contains affiliate links. For our family, summers mean some serious time on the road. Whether it’s 2-3 hour trips to visit family and friends or a 10+ hour road trip to get the beach, our minivan racks up the miles in June through August. And I’ll be honest, our van’s DVD player gets a workout on these trips. … Read More